tv Inauguration Day 2009 CSPAN January 19, 2013 9:00pm-11:00pm EST
we have the guidance of great leaders of the past that have faced tougher challenges than this with grace and dignity, like dr. martin luther king jr.. he said the most persistent question is -- what are you doing for others? it is a good word for all of us. it should bring in our ears for his birthday weekend. regardless of our differences, we have the same dreams for a better life for our children and grand children. i hope they can go up in the freedom that has uniquely been the united states of america. the united states of america. >> i, barack obama, do solemnly swear -- >> this weekend, president obama begins his second term, sunday, the official swearing-in ceremony at the white house before noon eastern. coverage include your phone
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th >> ladies and gentlemen, accompanying the president elect, staff director of the congressional committee, the senate sergeant of arms, chairman of the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies, senator feinstein, the speaker of the house of representatives, house majority leader, house republican leader, john boehner.
[cheers and applause] [fanfare sounds] ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, the honorable george washington bush, -- george w. bush, senator mitch mcconnell, house republican leader, john boehner, and secretary for the minorities. >> i saw you up there. ♪ [lighting "presidential march"] ial marchng "president
committee on inaugural ceremonies, the honorable diane feinstein. [cheers and applause] >> mr. president and vice president, mr. president elect and vice president elect, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inauguration of the 44th president of the united states of america. [applause] the world is watching today as our great democracy engages in this peaceful transition of power. here on the national mall where we remember the founders of our nation and those who fought to make it free, we gathered to etch another line in the solid stone of history. the freedom of a people to
choose its leaders is the root of liberty. in a world where political strife is often settled with the violence, we come here every four years to bestow the power of the presidency upon our democratically elected leaders. those who doubt the supremacy of the ballot over the bullet can never diminish the power engendered by nonviolence struggles for justice and equality, like the one that made this day possible. no crime tainted by brutality can ever match the sweet victory of this our. -- of this hour and what it means to those who marched and died to make it a reality. our work is not yet finished. future generations will march this morning for real and necessary change in our nation. they will look back and
remember that this was the moment when the dream that once echoed across history, from the steps of the lincoln memorial to finally reach the walls of the white house. [cheers and applause] it is that spirit that we not only inaugurates a new administration, we have the hope, vision, unity, and the renewed call to greatness inspired by the 44th president of the united states, barack obama. thank you and god bless america. at this time, i call upon dr. rick warren, pastor of a church in lake forest, california, to provide an invocation. [applause]
>> let us pray. almighty god, our father, everything we see and everything we can't see exist because of you alone. it all comes from you and it all belongs to you and it all exists for your glory. history is your story. the scripture tells us that the lord is our god. the lord is one. you are compassionate and merciful one shoule. your loving to everyone you have made. today we rejoice in america's peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. we celebrate a lynch point in history with the inauguration of
our first african-american president of the united states. [cheers and applause] we are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequal possibility, where the son of an african immigrant can rise to the highest level of leadership. we know today that dr. king and a grey cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven. give to our new president, barack obama, a wisdom to lead us with humility, the kurds to lead us with integrity, -- the courage to lead us with integrity.
bless and protect him, vice president and cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders. help us, o god, to remember that we are americans not united by race, religion, or blood, but our commitment to freedom and justice for all. when we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, forgive us. we presume that our greatness and austerity is ours alone, forgive us. -- and prosperity is ours alone , forgive us. difficult dayse agai ahead, may we have a new clarity in our aims, responsibility in
our actions, humility in our approaches, and stability in our attitudes even when we differ -- and civility in our attitudes when we differ. please help us to seek the common good of all. may all people of good will join together to work for a more just, a more healthy, and more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. may we never forget that one day all nations and all peoples will stand accountable before you. we now submit our new president and his wife, michelle, and his daughters, malia and sasha, into
your humble care. jesus taught us to pray our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. amen. [cheers and applause] >> i'm so pleased to introduce world were known musical artists aretha franklin to sing
[cheers and applause] >> in welcoming my colleagues from utah, the honorable robert bennett. [applause] >> it is my great honor to introduce associate justice of the supreme court of the united states, john paul stevens, who will give the oath of office -- administer the oath of office to the vice president elect. will you all please stand?
>> i joseph robert biden swear i will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic. that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. i take this obligation freely. without any reservation or purpose of evasion. i will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of which i'm about to enter. so help me god. thank you, mr. justice.
[crowd chanting "obama"] >> thank you. thank you. my fellow citizens, i stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. i thank president bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
44 americans have now taken the presidential oath. the words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. at these moments, america has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents. so it has been, so it must be with his generation of americans. -- with this generation of americans. that we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. our economy is badly weakened, a
consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. our healthcare is too costly costly and our schools fail too many. each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. these are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. less measurable, but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land. a nagging fear that america owes the decline is inevitable, but the next generation must lower its sights. today i say to you that the challenges we face are real. they are serious and they are many.
they will not be met easily or in a short span of time, that know this, america -- they will be met. [cheers and applause] on this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of her pace over conflict and discord. on this day we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that far too long have strangled our politics. we remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. that time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit. to choose our better history, to carry forward that righteous gift, that noble idea passed on from generation to generation, the god-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and
all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. [cheers and applause] in reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand the greatness is never a given. it must be earned. our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. it has not been the path for the faint hearted, for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. rather it has been the risk takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom. for us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search
of a . for us, -- in search of a new life. for us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the west, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. for us, they fought and died in places like concorde and gettysburg, normandy and khe s ahn. time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. they saw america as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions, rater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction. this is the journey we continue today. we remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on earth. our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. our minds are no less inventive,
our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. our capacity remains undiminished. but our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed. starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking america. [cheers and applause] for everywhere we look, there is work to be done. the state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift. we will act not only to create new jobs, but too late and new foundation for growth. -- but to lay a new foundation for growth. we will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.
we'll restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its costs. we'll harness harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. and we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. all this we can do. all this we will do. now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. their memories are short. they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose and necessity to courage. when the cynics fail to understand -- what the cynics that to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.
the question we have today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works, whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, can they afford -- care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. whether the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. where the answer is no, programs will end. and those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control. a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.
the success our -- of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gdp, but on the reach of our prosperity, on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to common good. as for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. our founding fathers faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them .p for the expedientce's sake and so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the ground this --
ground this -- grandest countries to the smallest village where my father was born, and know that america is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, that we are ready to lead once more. [cheers and applause] we call that earlier generations faced down fascism and communities on -- and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. they understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor
does it entitle us to do as he pleased. instead they knew that our power grows through its root in use, our security emanates from the justness of our cause the force of our example how much tempered qualities of humility and restraint. we are the keepers of this legacy. guided by these principles once more, we can meet these new threats that demand even greater effort, even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. we will begin to responsibly leave iraq to its people and forge a hard-earned peace in afghanistan. with old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat and roll back the specter of a warming planet. we will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. you cannot outlast us. we will defeat you. [cheers and applause]
for we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. we are a nation of christians and muslims, jews and hindus, and nonbelievers. we are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth come and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerge from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass, but that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve. as a world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself in the america must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace. ek ahe muslim world, we sake new way forward is done mutual interest and mutual respect. to those leaders around the globe who now seek to sow conflict or blame their society
's ills on the west, know that your people will judge you on what you can build and not on what you destroy. to those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. [applause] to the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow, to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. for the world has changed, and we must change with it. as we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember
with humble gratitude and those brave americans who at this very hour patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. they have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in arlington whisper through the ages. we honor them not only because they are the guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service, a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. and yet, at this moment, a moment that will define a generation, it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all. for as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the american people upon which this nation relies. it is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break,
the selfishness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. it is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our eight. our challenges -- finally decides our fate. our challenges may be new. the instruments with which we meet them may be new. but those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism, these things are old. these things are true. they have been the quiet force of progress in route our history. what is demanded then is a return to these truths. what is required of us now is a new era
of the sponsor ability, a recognition on the part of every american that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not rigidly accept, but rather seize gladly firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a ethical task. this is the price and the promise of citizenship. this is the source of our confidence, the knowledge that god calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. this is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath. [cheers and applause]
so let us mark this day with remembrance of who we are and how we have traveled. in the year of america's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying town fires on the shores of an icy river. the capital was abandoned. the enemy was advancing. the snow was stained with blood. at a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people -- " let it be told to the future world that in the depth of winter when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country alarmed at on